The first eleven played a spiritless game yesterday afternoon, which may be accounted for partly by the heat and partly by the absence of several regular players. Ellis, Putnam and Lee were kept out of the game by injuries received at West Point and several of the other men played only a few minutes. Hallowell and Gierasch who have just recovered went in for a short time. Hallowell was unable to put much speed in his playing, and Gierasch had to retire with an injured knee. Wheeler of last year's second team played, but was out of condition and of little use.
The game between the first and second elevens was slow and uninteresting. The first team had no trouble in preventing gains through the line, but by holding, off-side play, fumbles and poor tackling lost every chance of scoring. In fact the second team came much nearer to scoring than the first. The first eleven line was very unsteady and its ragged offensive work did not give the backs any opportunity to gain. The backs had practically no interference for end runs and did not help each other through the line as they should have done. The tackling and open field playing of all the men was loose and careless, and near the end of the game Glidden and Cooper of the second team were allowed to make dodging runs of forty yards through the whole team.
The only encouraging work was Burnett's playing at right guard. He charged vigorously and quickly, followed the ball well and did more than his share in stopping plays. He and J. Lawrence did the only effective offensive work, but J. Lawrence lost a great deal of ground by holding and playing off-side. This fault seems to have a strong hold on him and is spoiling his otherwise brilliant work. On the other side of the line Graydon was a weak spot, and Eaton, who took his place, was also of little use until Donald went in against him and put some life into his playing. Campbell was not up to his best form and the slowness which has characterized his recent playing was still noticeable. Hallowell's weak ankie kept him from running much and Ristine did little better. Behind the line Kendall made one long run and Gierasch gained some ground by plunging, but otherwise the running was poor. Daly punted fairly well, but Stillman was far below his usual form.
The first half was given up almost entirely to a punting contest between Daly and Mifflin. Daly gained some ground but Gierasch's fumble of a punt lost it again. Near the end of the half a forty yard run by Kendall took the ball to the twenty-five yard line, but the chance to score was lost by a fumble. Soon after the second half began, a fair catch gave Kendall a chance for a goal from the field from the forty-five yard line, but the ball went too low and was blocked. Several exchanges of punts ended in Glidden's running one back forty yards before being finally stopped by Daly. A moment later Cooper got the ball on a fumble and ran forty yards to the ten yard line. A poor pass from centre prevented Waters from making a drop-kick goal, and time was so on called.
The following coaches assisted Dibblee: B. G. Waters '95, D. S. Dean '91, A. E. Doucette '95, W. H. Lewis L. S. '95, G. Murchie '96, M. Donald '99, W. A. Boal '00, N. W. Cabot '98.